Unit Overview

Unit Overview

Intro Lesson Plans


Marco Polo

B. Dias

V. da Gama


A. Vespucci



Northwest Passage

Ponce de Leon



Jeopardy Review



Lesson 1:
Give Pretest and work on putting together Explorer Books
Glue in World Map, score sheet, title page, and colored compass rose to cover

Lesson 2:
Brainstorming activity on butcher paper
C ontinue decorating Books

Lesson 3:
Read pgs 3-9 in The Discovery of the Americas
Recap reading and draw in chronological order on a white piece of paper
Do on butcher paper for the class to see
Start vocab page in Books Ice Age, Nomads, Land Bridge

Lesson 4:
7 Reasons for Exploration mini-book
Discuss the reasons for exploration: see if they can guess what the symbols on the poster stand for.
Curiosity (?)
Wealth ($)
Fame (star)
National Pride (flag)
Religion (cross)
Foreign Goods (diamond)
Better Trade Routes (ship)
Have them make their mini-books and fill in the above info

Lesson 5:
Accordion Timeline – show them how to cut it out and put it together (it will be used at a later date)
Read pgs 10-14 in The Discovery of the Americas
Show 30-minute video Great Age of Exploration

Lesson 6: Vikings
Read pgs 15-17 in The Discovery of the Americas
Read pgs 110-111 in Scott Foresman
Pass out Vikings flipbook
Instruct them on how to cut it out and glue it in their Explorer Books
Answer the questions as a whole class on an overhead

Lesson 7: Vikings
Pass out Vikings, First in America worksheet
Work in table groups with complete sentences
Add Vikings to the timeline
Add Vikings to the Wall Map
Show the 16-minute video The Viking Explorers

Lesson 8: Marco Polo
Read pgs 18-20 in The Discovery of the Americas
Read pags 102-103 in Scott Foresman
Fill out Marco Polo’s Route worksheet as a class
Cut out two sections
Answer questions
Color and label his route and glue in to Book

Lesson 9: Marco Polo
Add words to vocab list
Merchant, Emperor, Silk Road
Draw his route on the Wall Map
Add him to the timeline
Desert Activity
Show the pictures of the two deserts he had to cross
Make Pros/Cons chart as a class
Land Travel verses Sea Travel

Lesson 10: Dias and Da Gama
Read pg 23 in The Discovery of the Americas
Read pg 114 in Scott Foresman
Fill out Comparing Routes worksheet
In table groups
Add them to timeline
Add them to Wall Map

Lesson 11: Columbus
Read pgs 24-29 in The Discovery of the Americas
Read pgs 134-139 in Scott Foresman
Fill out Columbus Discovers the New World worksheet

Lesson 12: Columbus
Add Columbus to Wall Map
Add Columbus to timeline
Smells of the World activity
Fill out Columbus, Finder of the New World worksheet

Lesson 13: Amerigo Vespucci
Read pg 33 in The Discovery of the Americas
Give America a New Name activity
Add to timeline
Add to Wall Map

Lesson 14: Balboa
Read pgs 34-35 in The Discovery of the Americas
Postcard activity
Add to Wall Map
Add to timeline

Lesson 15: Magellan
Read pgs 36-41 in The Discovery of the Americas
Postcard activity
Add to Wall Map
Add to timeline

Lesson 16: Northwest Passage
Read pgs 20-23 in Exploration Conquest
Cabot, Verrazano, Cartier worksheet
Brainstorming worksheet
Add word to vocab list
Northwest Passage

Lesson 17: Northwest Passage
Read pg 15 in Hands on Activity Book
Blind Passage activity
Discuss with time left over

Lesson 18: Ponce de Leon
Read pgs 77-81 in Around the World in a Hundred Years by Jean Fritz.
The students will create a brochure enticing sailors from the year 1513 to join Ponce de Leon on his voyage to search for The Fountain of Youth.

Lesson 19: Ponce de Leon
Use the students to physically represent the size of a ship.
The students will write in complete sentences to the store clerk asking for food, weapons, tools, and trade for their sea voyage they are going to take.

Lesson 20: Cortes and Pizarro
Read pgs 9-14 in Exploration and Conquest by Betsy and Giulio Maestro.
The students will compare the two conquistadors, Cortes and Pizarro, by filling in information on a worksheet about their explorations by choosing from a list of words provided.

Lesson 21: Jeopardy Review
For a unit review students will play a Jeopardy PowerPoint game.
They will pick from 4 categories and answer the questions as a table group in hopes to prepare them for the final unit test.